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May 15, 2012

Where to Eat, Sleep, and Play in London During the 2012 Olympic Games

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The Natural History Museum,London-135525635(iStockphoto,Thinkstock)
The Natural History Museum, London (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)

If you're going to the Olympic Games in London this summer, it's likely that your mind will be mainly on the sport, but there are a whole range of exciting other activities in the capital. Here's a quick rundown of some of the quirkiest things to do in London during the Olympic season.

It has been reported that Olympic swimming gold medallist Michael Phelps consumes up to 12,000 calories per day during training. If you're looking to emulate something similar, then be sure to visit some of London's best calorific restaurants.

Experimental chef Heston Blumenthal's Dinner, in the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Knightsbridge, is a rare treat for any would-be food connoisseur. His latest restaurant, which was inspired by historical cooking methods researched in the British library, is a culinary feat. The restaurant was named number nine in the world's 50 best restaurants list, bringing Blumenthal's total on the list to two.

Dishes include such novelties as "meat fruit," a chicken-liver mouse masquerading as a mandarin. The original recipe draws from the playful cooking habits found in medieval kitchens.

If you fancy a tipple instead (that's an alcoholic beverage for you Americans), then be sure to visit the Sugar House Studios—a cinema, food, and drink hall created from a demolished workshop adjacent the Olympic Park.

A property with onefinestay

Vacation-rental company onefinestay has a unique take on staying in London: It rents out boutique homes around the city, turning them into the equivalent of five-star, personal hotels while the owner is out of town—which, coincidentally, many Londoners plan on doing to avoid the onslaught of tourists. Accomodations come complete with luxury linens, fluffy towels, and an iPhone for guests to use during their stay, among other luxuries.

For an educational, yet alternative, event, Gunther Von Hagen's "Animal Inside Out" exhibition at the Natural History Museum is a must-see. In the exhibit, animal carcasses have been preserved using a plastination process developed by the show's founder, making them transportable and preserved for future showings.

Doctor Von Hagen's plastination process involves injecting resin through an animal carcass, which preserves the structural integrity of the muscle, blood vessels, organs, and bones of the animal, allowing these impressive life-like structures to be formed.

Following on from Von Hagen's exhibits of the human body, the animal exhibition is a fantastic learning opportunity for science fans both young and old. The exhibition run until September 16, 2012.

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